September 16, 2021

Lady Braves power past Devils, Tigers

(Franklin, GA) — The Lady Braves notched a 10-1 win over the rival Bowdon Red Devilettes at HCHS Monday afternoon thanks to a strong start on the hill from pitcher Chloe Scarborough.

Freshman Chloe Scarbrough (Photo: Tammy Bailey)

Scarbrough pitched all five innings for the Lady Braves in the run-rule win giving up just one hit and one earned run.

The freshman hurler walked just one and struck out two to pick up the win.

At the plate, junior catcher Mackenzie White hit two homers and drove home three to lead the way.

White leads the squad with 11 long balls for the season.

Senior Beth Taylor also hit her first home of the year, a first inning blast, and drove home three.

Chasity Kates and Abigail Lathrop each had two hits and combined to steal three bases.

Coach Matt Hornsby was impressed with the Scarbrough’s work on the mound.

“Chloe threw it really well for us today. She gave up a walk and a hit there at the end to ruin her perfect game but that was probably as good as she’s thrown all year,” said Hornsby after the game.

“Bowdon’s starting pitcher is pretty tough and we have never really hit her good until this year and it was good to see that our girls were able to square some balls up against her two times this year. She does a really good job at hitting her spots.”

Hornsby was also happy to see his senior right fielder hit one out of the park.

“It was time for Beth Taylor to get on the home run train. She’s been hitting the ball hard all year but keeping it out of the air and there was no bringing that one back today,” Hornsby said.

The girls (16-5, 6-1) will be looking for some revenge in an important final Region 5-AA home game tomorrow versus Haralson County. The lone blemish on the Lady Braves region slate came in a 6-4 setback at Haralson County back on Sept. 9.

The Rebels (7-7, 5-2) could steal home field advantage for the upcoming Region 5-A tournament with a win over the Lady Braves in the 5:30 PM start Wednesday at Heard High.

The Lady Braves put on an impressive show of offense in a 27-12 region win at Temple on Friday. The offense amassed a remarkable 35 hits in the five inning win with seven different players recording at least four hits.

Zekylah Boyd with her 1st HR ball (Photo: Marion Ross)

Left fielder Courtney Cannon was tops with five hits including two doubles and two RBI’s.

Janiyah Strong and Alyssa Hall each had huge efforts with four hits, a homer with four runs batted in for each.

White also had four hits and drove home four. Taylor, Emma Helton, and freshman Aubree Ussery also had four hit games.

The milestone at bat of the day came from junior Zekylah Boyd who hit her first career homer.

The speedy second baseman also tripled and drove in four in arguably one of the most prolific showings of team offense in school history.

The Region 5-AA tournament is scheduled for Oct. 13 (Semifinals) and Oct. 15 (Championship).

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